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Web User is the UK's favourite internet magazine. On sale every fortnight it keeps you up-to-date with all the latest news, views, best new websites, music, film and games downloads, free software, and all the other developments on the Web. If you use the internet, you'll love Web User. Being Britain's best-selling internet read, Web User is, quite simply, the only internet magazine you'll ever need.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Biweekly
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2 min.
homepage

Access all areas As I slip inexorably into middle age, I’ve noticed some of the clichés about growing older are proving to be true. Modern pop music does all sound the same to me, policemen are looking younger these days and wearing a flat cap is both sensible and stylish. To that list, I can now add ‘websites are becoming more frustrating’, and I’m sure the fault is not entirely mine. Tiny buttons that are tricky to click or tap, online videos with shoddy sound and dark modes that actually make text harder to read are just a few of my most common annoyances. Fortunately, as Jane Hoskyn explains in this issue’s cover feature, there are effective solutions to these problems and other web-accessibility woes. From adding subtitles to films that don’t have…

5 min.
what’s new online

Auto-switch your energy provider If you can’t summon the energy to switch gas and electricity providers when your current deal ends, help is now at hand. MoneySavingExpert.com has launched a new compare-and-switch tool called MSE Autoswitch, which does much of the heavy lifting. It informs you of the best energy deal based on your needs and lets you switch with a single click. To get started, tell the online tool your current energy provider, where you live, how much you pay and use, and whether your tariff is electricity-only or dual fuel. You’re then able to indicate what you’re looking for in a tariff so that MSE Autoswitch – backed by TV’s financial whizz Martin Lewis – can assess the entire market. As well as price, you can indicate whether you’re more comfortable…

10 min.
google unveils new and updated smart devices

What happened? Google wasn’t able to hold its annual hardware launch in person this year, but it still had plenty of gadgets to reveal via the half-hour live-streamed event, including two new smartphones – the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G – an updated Chromecast and the Nest Audio speaker. Compared to its predecessor, the Pixel 4a 5G has a slightly bigger battery and display (6.2in versus 5.8in), and upgrades from a single to a dual-lens camera on the rear. As its name indicates, it’s also 5G-compatible. Those extra features come at a price: the new Pixel 4a 5G is £499, whereas the standard Pixel 4a costs £349. The Pixel 5 is Google’s newest high-end smartphone, following on from the Pixel 4 released in 2019. It, too, supports 5G, and its recycled-aluminium body…

1 min.
what’s the rumour

In preparation for the upcoming next generation of consoles, Microsoft has been on a spending spree, buying up game developers – including Obsidian and Compulsion Games – in a bid to strengthen its exclusive line-up. Most recently, the company welcomed Bethesda Softworks, the developers behind Skyrim and Doom, to the ‘Microsoft family’, for the bargain price of just $7.5bn. But rumours are afoot that Microsoft has a new target in sight: Sega. Gamers believe they’ve discovered several hints that the companies are planning to join forces, including images posted on Microsoft’s social-media pages that feature Sega’s familiar blue branding. The acquisition would allow Microsoft to finally gain an edge in the Japanese market, which has long-favoured Xbox rival the Sony PlayStation. In the east, the Sega brand is as omnipresent as ever,…

1 min.
what’s new on kickstarter

iUVi Water Purifying Smart Bottle bit.ly/water512 | From £54 It takes just one minute for the iUVi smart bottle to purify your water using ultraviolet LEDs, and you can expect to get around a thousand hours use from these lights. As well as a lightweight water bottle (it holds 750ml of the liquid of your choice), the creators have squeezed an LED torch and powerbank into the hockey puck-style cap. It’s here you control the device, tapping the touch sensor on top to select each action. An early bird pledge of £54 gets you a single iUVi bottle, while £100 nets you two.…

1 min.
webometer

WE LIKE… Spotify makes it easier to collaborate Spotify has updated its Collaborative Playlists feature to make it easier to compile playlists with friends and family. Changes include a new Add User button that lets you invite others to contribute, and avatars next to each playlist submission. WhatsApp lets you mute chats forever WhatsApp will now let you mute group chats or individual users forever. Previously, you could only mute for a maximum of one year. WhatsApp will still give you the option to see silent notifications for muted chats so you don’t miss anything. WE DON’TLIKE… COVID-19 app alerts cause alarm The NHS contacttracing app alarmed some users by warning of “possible COVID-19 exposure”, without displaying further information. The Department of Health says the bug was caused by the underlying Apple-Google framework and has now been…